April 13th, 2007


LaVey Day XLII A.S.

11 April, XLII Anno Satanas

Listening to Dr. LaVey's music and watching Satanis, The Devil's Rain, and Rosemary's Baby began this 'unholy-day' of observation as we prepared for a dinner engagement later that night. I decided to wear the lightning bolt sigil with pinstriped suit, red dress shirt with black tie, and My black fedora to aesthetically honor Our Founder, The Black Pope I of The Church of Satan.

At their request, LB & I had the pleasure of spending a delightful dinner at The Olive Garden in the gracious company of Citizens Behemoth and Saraya, in honor of Dr. LaVey's Nativity. I inuciated a Tribute-Toast each with a glass of Pinot Grigio Cavit with a single ice cube therein, as was one of Dr. LaVey's amusingly peculiar preferences, followed by a "Shemhamforash! Hail Szandor! Hail Satan!". We have made this a personal annual tradition. The night followed with sumptuous feasting and great conversation, exchanging ideas, reminiscing on former meetings, as well as nefarious plans for subsequent activities.

For those unaware, The Olive Garden is reminiscient of a Dionysian garden-like environment with vines and plaques adorning the walls, rich Italian cuisine, and attentive service once seated. We were pleasantly situated in a darkened corner, whose gloom enhanced the atmosphere that much more. A bottle of robust blood-red Chianti Straccali wine was ordered, and indulgence had by all. A great time was had.

"Oh great brothers of the night, thou who maketh My place of comfort, who rideth out upon the (hot) winds of Hell, who dwelleth in the Devil's fane; Move and appear!" ~ The Satanic Bible.

The return to The Noctuary yielded cool blustering winds which would howl unto the following day and night through, capping the celebration perfectly. A rite of appreciation was enacted, the reading of poem "Devil-Father, Daemon-Brother", to an elixer of bourbon embibed, until dawn crested upon the horizon.

Hails to you, Anton Szandor LaVey, immortal legend and diabolical mentor, your words and deeds continue to reverberate unto timelessness!


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Tracing the 'Friday the 13th' root

Tracing the 'Friday the 13th' root
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Are you superstitious?

Do you have faith in lucky number 7 or hang tight to a lucky rabbit's foot? Even if you don't adhere to these superstitions, you likely have heard of them.

So, exactly what are superstitions? Merriam-Webster provides a handful of definitions, including "... fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance" and "a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary."

With the supposedly unlucky Friday the 13th just days away, we thought this was an eerily perfect time to track down the origins of five common superstitions.


In Roman times, 13 became linked to bad omens, particularly those that brought death. Witches reportedly gathered in groups of 12 -- the 13th place was for the devil. In the biblical world, 13 was deemed bad because of Judas -- the 13th guest at the Last Supper. He went on to betray Jesus.

As for Friday the 13th, Friday and the number 13 used to be associated with capital punishment. In British tradition, Friday was the day for public hangings, and supposedly there were 13 steps leading up to the noose.

To this day, many hotels and skyscrapers go from the 12th to the 14th floor because guests and tenants don't want to be on the 13th floor. Also, some cities don't have a 13th Street or 13th Avenue.


In ancient mythology, mirrors were believed to hold the key to one's future. So to have one break was viewed as shattering your fate. And don't just simply toss the broken pieces in the trash can. That, some say, could mar your future even more. It's better to bury all the broken pieces underground.

In addition to the bad-luck-if-broken mentality, mirrors carry other superstitions, including this one for women: If you want to find out who your husband will be, eat an apple while sitting in front of a mirror and then brush your hair. Your "I do" guy will appear over your shoulder.


Pedestrians avoid looming ladders for varying reasons. Many, though, do so because they don't want to invite any unwanted bad luck into their lives. One origin of this superstition dates to medieval times, when a leaning ladder was seen to resemble gallows, a structure used to hang criminals. Walking underneath a ladder was like acting out your own execution.

For others, the triangular shape created by a leaning ladder against a wall symbolized the Holy Trinity. If you passed through the triangle, you were insulting God and coming under Satan's rule.


This notion depends on geography. Here in the United States, as well as in several European countries, a black cat passing in front of you means bad luck is on the horizon. However, in Britain and Japan, it's considered good luck.

Good luck is said to come by meeting three black cats in succession. Also, years ago, wives of sailors would keep black cats in their homes to ensure the safety of their husbands while at sea.


Rain, rain, go away -- and come back with some good luck. According to this well-known superstition, you should never open an umbrella indoors or bad luck will befall everyone inside. It's said this superstition stems from when umbrellas served as sunshades. Opening the umbrella inside was viewed as an insult to the sun.